O ring alternative

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by kennyg, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    So in a previous post I was lamenting the use of O rings. Sitting around the other day I had an idea that could be a better alternative. In the course of my piddling around I sometime use rubber cement for various projects. Although O rings work to keep the shafts and flights secure they often and I think most of the time interfere with the alignment of the points barrel and shaft causing erratic flight. We also discussed using loctite but zeeple brought up changing shafts out frequently. To make a long story short Monday I applied a little rubber cement to the shaft threads and today Friday was the first time they started to loosen up. Now one thing that I did find out was that you need to apply and then let them set up for a while so my solution would be to treat several sets of shafts before starting any serious play.
     
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  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Interesting idea. I never did anything like that though ;) Just used Nylon shafts and solid points. However, I did superglue my flights to the shafts.
     
  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I should note though, that when I was competing I would wear out a set of flights and shafts in a day or two so no need to make them last longer ;)
     
  4. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    That's got to be a lot of throwing darts I don't have the stamina to get past 3 or 4 practice games. But in my defense I'm not able to walk totaly upright for the first 3 hrs of the morning, look like a hunchback.
     
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  5. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Can't do it today! But in those day's practice was 1-3hrs every day and tournaments meant early warm ups and never cooling down for hours and hours on end.
     
  6. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Agreed from me on the nylon shafts although I do occasionally get them to loosen a bit. Sometime an incoming dart will do it when it crashes into the flights. I like the blue threadlocker but you can’t use it with nylon or poly shafts even if you wanted to. The rubber cement may be a different story though. I think I might try it.
     
  7. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    Just remember that you need to let the glob cure for a while like 1/2 hr or so so if you were going to use it you might want to treat a few shafts at one time. One of the other things is that you can remove them without hassel even if the shaft breaks and it usually leaves the threads gummed up some which is actually a benefit because even an untreated thread will grip better. I use soft tips and I think that they are more susceptible to loosening because of bounce outs etc. I haven.t used it on aluminum shafts yet as the ones I have are at least 10 some 20 years old and don't even hold a flight.
     

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